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Millennials Are Increasingly Looking for Jobs in These Mid-Size Cities

Sep 20, 2016

Young adults—also known as "millennials"—seem to be increasingly less interested in moving to the typical major cities like San Francisco and New York.

LinkedIn, the professional social network, has released new data that shows that these young adults are showing a growing interest in jobs in mid-sized cities. The city getting the biggest bump in job searches from millennials? Austin, Texas, according to LinkedIn's data on its users' job searching activity.

After that came the Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina, followed by Detroit, Mich., Cleveland/Akron, Ohio, and Charlotte, N.C. Overall, millennials' interest in jobs in those cities has grown 25% than their interest in large cities, according to the company.

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With that said, those still aren't the cities these young adults are currently moving to, says LinkedIn, which determines these trends by looking at data from its users, including the year they graduated from college and the locations of the jobs on their profiles. That distinction goes to Seattle, Portland, and Denver. Both groups of cities are likely appealing to young professionals who want more manageable costs of living, yet a fairly vibrant culture and lifestyle.

LinkedIn's findings also align with Fortune's list of Best Workplaces for Millennials, which features companies based in Detroit, Raleigh, and Seattle within the top five spots. (Check out the full list here.)

So why even look at the cities in which young adults are searching for jobs?

Because they can offer insights into future job trends, LinkedIn told Fortune. And given that 44% of all jobs viewed on LinkedIn are by millennials, this group of professionals has an undeniable impact on changes in job trends.

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